Visit Traditional African Villages & Markets
Mto Wa Mbu Village
Mto Wa Mbu is located in the Rift Valley about 2 hours drive west of Arusha. It is nestled between the Eastern and Western Escarpments of the Rift Valley near Lake Manyara. . Mto Wa Mbu is one of the most culturally diverse villages in Africa with over 18,000 inhabitants from 120 different tribes. Maasai are its original inhabitants. It’s village is now a melting pot of cultures from different parts of Tanzania, offering a great taste of Tanzanian culture. There are also various recreational activities that can be enjoyed in this busy mosaic of African cultures including bike riding, canoeing and nature walks.
Nainokanoka Maasai Village
Nainokanoka village in the Ngorongoro Highlands is the central location where the Maasai in the area exchange
goods and conversations. It is located near the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Visiting this village is a unique Maasai cultural experience. A surreal visual feature you will see from Nainokanoka village is a view of the Ngorongoro Crater rim from its eastern side where the moist warm air from the Indian Ocean meets the warm dry air of the Serengeti. This creates a fascinating cloud formation that curls into the western side of the crater’s rim.
This traditional African village was established 50 years ago on the outskirts of Arusha. Its Maasai residents’ migrated from the Ngorongoro Highland where they had lived as pastoral herders so they could live in one location as farmers. In addition to meeting the local peoples, there is a 2 hour walk to a magnificent waterfall requiring an energetic climb into a canyon following a steam with the help of local boys and then through columns of rock shaded by a green canopy of trees. Home hospitality can be included in this visit.